I tried to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo today, but ran into sound problems on two different screens at the same theater. The symptoms were fairly specific, and I was curious if anyone familiar with cinema sound systems could tell me what the problem was. [more inside]
Despite taking several physics classes many years ago I don't think I understand how sound works. I was watching the excellent Behind the Sounds video about creating "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and thinking about how all those instruments at different registers ultimately are just recorded as one wave (in mono) or at most two (in stereo) that hit the ear. How can one wave carry such a density of information (like the Beach Boys) yet only carry information based on frequency, wave length and intensity? How can I tell that there are all these instruments when I only hear one wave?
Can anyone suggest reasonably priced, wireless, computer speakers that sound great?
Looking for a small "bookshelf" style hi fi unit. I have recently moved to the US from Australia and had to leave my great little hi fi behind. I am currently playing my CD's through a borrowed portable unit that sounds like a tin can and have been hunting for something better. [more inside]
I'm looking for an android sound profile app that won't crash my phone. Ideally, I would be able to create a profile that had my alarm and ringer at full volume while disabling all other sounds. The last one I tried made my phone run really slowly and freeze intermittently, and a few of the other ones I've looked at don't seem to distinguish between notification types - I need the alarm to be a different control from email alerts and stuff. I'd really appreciate a recommendation! My googling has failed. Thanks in advance, MetaFilters.
Safe, effective sound dampening options for a noisy gas furnace? [more inside]
Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive? [more inside]
my new brakes are squeaking. any quick fix? [more inside]
Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
I want to casually amplify a speech outside and on the go—and without electricity present. Help me, fellow geeks, who are geekier than I! [more inside]
If I connect my computer to a set of speakers using several sound cables (1/8 inch) daisy-chained together, will the sound degrade? [more inside]
I'd like to be able to select my Linux box as my audio out device in my Windows 7 box. Is there a way to make that happen?
The stereo on my Toyota Aygo has an iPod jack, but the sound is AWFUL. If it's loud enough to hear, there's as much hiss as there is music. I've tried every possible volume adjustments between iPod/stereo. Will one of these headphone amps help? [more inside]
Where do I find a portable and programmable sound board-like thing? [more inside]
Help me get some powered, 2.1 speakers with an auxillary input for ~$200. [more inside]
Does software exist to automatically improve the sound of music recordings, similar to the auto-adjustment features of photo-editing software? [more inside]
My friends and I are interested in recreating some radio plays in podcast form. We need a lot of information! [more inside]
I'm a film editor and am looking to find a sound that will scare anyone and everyone. What is the scariest sound you've ever heard?
What am I looking for and does it exist? I'm working on art project and I need to create a soundboard. The MP3 Trigger comes close. Here's what I need [more inside]
Why does my pot of water sound like it's boiling, but when I lift the lid nothing's happening yet? What's making all the noise?
I want to record LP's using a Windows XP external soundcard. [more inside]
Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
My Klipsch S2 earbuds are worn out. Any suggestions for a replacement that has the best bang for your buck? I'm using them with an iPod Nano 6th Gen.
$300 Sennheiser 600's sound no better than normal iPhone headphones with iMac? Huh? [more inside]
The most awesome things for families to do in the Seattle/Tacoma/Peninsula area? [more inside]
When apartment-hunting, how can you tell if a place has good inter-unit sound insulation? [more inside]
My PC's sound gets muted, how can I know? [more inside]
The clichéed two-part catcalling whistle that is performed at the sight of a hottie -- almost exclusively a man whistling at a woman -- that sounds like this. Rising, then falling. Where did that particular "tune" come from? What is the earliest recorded instance of its use? How was it popularized?
I need to record two people at the same time. I can't follow them around with a boom mic and I don't want them to be attached at the hip with a splitter to one recorder plus 2 lapel mics. How do I record two people, walking around, talking to each other? Do I need two recorders? AND if I have two recorders, how much of a pain will it be to edit the material/will it sound weird? How is this normally done? It is for the radio. [more inside]
Noise-canceling headphones, or noise-cancelling earbuds, or earmuffs, or earplugs, or some combination? I need to protect my ears from both subway noise and loud co-workers. [more inside]
Help me (please) soundproof our new home against the trains that run right behind our house. Materials, strategies, tips: all are appreciated. [more inside]
What are some examples of classic movie dialogue which are instantly recognizable from sound alone? [more inside]
Do I need/should get a headphone amp if I already have powered desktop speakers that have a headphone jack?
Hey Audiophiles - Do I need/should get a headphone amp if I already have powered desktop speakers that have a headphone jack? I can't find any specs for the headphone jack on my speakers(is it just passthru?) but i can't find this speak on any others i shop for. I was looking to buy Sound Blaster X-Fi HD or just some nice < $200 computer speakers with a headphone jack? Any suggestions? Am I completely off? FYI - these are for a set of Sennheiser HD595
My USB Mic started picking up an omnipresent hum all of a sudden. It never used to. Any ideas what could have changed? [more inside]
What would an explosion sound like on the moon? Thought-experiment filter. [more inside]
Webb based application for allowing visitors to record sound onto my server? [more inside]
Has anyone ever attempted to find sound recordings out in the world that weren't made with human technology? [more inside]
I'm heading up to Chatsworth, CA tomorrow night to record some train whistles. How far away from the tracks should I be to get that nice, misty, dreamlike faraway sound? And is there a particularly quiet/desolate part of town where I can sit for a few hours and gather said recordings? (Recommendations for other desolate, train-heavy spots within a two-hour drive also welcome.)
just how unrealistic is a gun silencer as presented in films, something about twice the size of the barrel making a pistol barely audible? how close to the "polite sneeze" sound of a silenced pistol can you get in reality with a similarly-sized muffler?
Sound and light board with 4-5 smooth objects - which objects are on the board and where changes the sounds and lights, including light from some of the objects ... what is this thing and where can I get one? [more inside]
Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
Trying to work out how to get surround sound from a PC to a receiver... [more inside]
Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
I just microwaved a mug of water. And after about a minute it started making a loud humming noise, like what happens when you run a wet finger around a champagne glass. It sounded like there were aliens landing in my microwave. What happened? [more inside]
I need help un-disorted a sound clip. There is a sound in Civilization 4 that plays whenever you discover Judaism. I could not place it--and I know my Jewish prayers--so I dug in the install folder and found the full file. It is heavily distorted in a way I cannot quite figure out. Could someone help me see if this was ever a prayer to begin with, or was just random vocalizations approved as being "Jewish enough" in order to avoid offending people with actual prayers? [more inside]
Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
What is the spectrum lasso tool being used at 4:00 in this video?